Maddy Cusack’s family have spoken publicly for the first time since Jonathan Morgan was sacked as manager of Sheffield United Women.
The Blades sacked Morgan after it emerged he had a relationship with a player when he was at a previous club.
Morgan has been at the centre of an investigation concerning the death of his former player, Cusack, after her family complained about his alleged behaviour towards her.
Now, following his sacking on Friday, Cusack’s family released a short statement via their Maddy Cusack foundation page.
‘On Friday afternoon, we learnt on social media of the departure of Jonathan Morgan. We as a family welcome this development,’ it began.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the unwavering loyalty, support and love shown to Maddy from football clubs from around the country and fans alike. We truly appreciate this.
“This spirit I had so fiercely protected was allowed to be broken.” Fierce, determined & spirited.’
A third-party investigation, conducted on behalf of the Blades, found no evidence of wrongdoing and cleared Morgan to return to work in December following the family’s initial complaint about how Cusack was treated.
But his sacking comes a week after Mail Sport revealed the Football Association had opened a fresh inquiry into the circumstances around Cusack’s death. The investigation remains ongoing.
Sheffield United said Morgan’s position had become ‘untenable’ after new information came to light regarding his conduct before arriving at Bramall Lane.
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A statement from the club read: ‘Sheffield United can confirm that Head Coach of Sheffield United Women’s team, Jonathan Morgan, has departed the Club.
‘Due to new information that has come to light within the last few days with regards to Mr Morgan’s conduct before arriving at Bramall Lane, the Club has reached the conclusion that Mr Morgan’s position is no longer tenable and his employment with the Club has been terminated.
‘Luke Turner has agreed to take the role of interim Head Coach for the foreseeable future, including Sunday’s Women’s Championship fixture at Durham Women.’
Morgan has also been sacked by Tongue Tied Management, the agency which represented him.
More to follow.